Linz City Breaks
As the third-largest city in Austria, the city has plenty of variety on display. Linz city breaks are perfect for those looking to unwind and take in what this beautiful city has to offer. Linz is a city whose juxtaposition of modern architecture and historical buildings make it a truly inspiring destination.
Not to be missed is the Ars Electronica Centre situated on the north bank of the Danube; it hosts a museum as well as a festival. The Lentos is a modern art gallery which astounds at night when lights illuminate the building in an array of colours catching the eye of every passer-by. The Linz Christmas Market is a popular attraction during the winter months, with the fairy-tale market at Volksgarten Park enchanting people of all ages as they make their way through the many marquees selling traditional culinary delights.
Other attractions include the Brucknerhaus, Linz's most important concert hall, and the Posthof concert hall. A Linz city break is perfect for those interested in the old town. A visit to the Castle of Linz or St Mary's Cathedral (a Gothic-Revival style church) will give you a taste of the traditional values that are still seen throughout the city today.
Linz Cathedral was constructed by the Jesuits and was dedicated to St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuit order. The river Danube itself, with its banks and the numerous green spaces, makes Linz an extremely relaxing city for its inhabitants and for those visiting. This pleasurable rhythm and style of life are enough to entice any tourist.
- Flight time from London: 2 hours
- Blue Danube Airport Linz: 17km from the city centre; transfer time about 20 min
- Nearest railway station: Linz Hauptbahnhof
- Currency: Euro
The glass-roofed Arkade mall is the perfect place to take sanctuary when it rains. Alongside high-street names like Boss and Agatha, there are also speciality shops, boutiques and a juice bar.
If designer glasswork is to your taste then check out the varied works in the Glas Galerie.
This is the place for all things honey. Shelves upon shelves with a wide variety which can be eaten, drunk or bathed in.
Klosterhof's tree-shaded beer garden is arguably the best in Linz, with space for 1,500 people. If this isn't enough to tempt you, tastyKnödel (dumplings) with Stiegl beer in the vaulted tavern at the front should do the trick.
Come to the city's oldest café (first mentioned in 1371) for the best Linzer Torte in the city. The sweet aromas of sugar and butter float around the wood-panelled café, decorated with Sissi portraits and Habsburg decorations.
Visit this buzzing Italian osteria. Sample antipasti from the counter or homemade penne with a nice glass of Chianti. The patio is popular in summer.
Admire the 17th-century Alter Dom, where Anton Bruckner served as church organist. Step inside to admire the breath-taking interior, with its theatrical pink marble altar and lavish white stucco work.
Relax beside the rhododendrons and orchids in Linz's Botanischer Garten. This peaceful oasis nurtures 10,000 species, from native alpine plants to tropical palms and one of the largest cacti collections in Europe.
The Neue Dom is a neo-Gothic giant with towering spires and stained glass windows which depict Linz's history. The cathedral's height was apparently restricted to 134m, so as not to out-do Stephansdom in Vienna.
Strom: Enjoy hip-hop, electro and funk at this lively bar. Upstairs is rough and ready, while downstairs is more laid-back, with partygoers spilling out onto Kirchengasse. Next door is Stadtwerk, which hosts clubbing events.
Thüsen Tak: This pub is pure rock 'n' roll, with loud music and walls plastered with posters of Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy and Deep Purple. Enjoy a beer and a chat with Mike at the bar, or surf the web for free.